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Title:Report on a survey of coastal Makua dialects

Makua refers to a group of Bantu (P.30) languages and dialects spoken in Mozambique and Tanzania. The purpose of the survey presented in this report was to gather linguistic and sociolinguistic data from 5 Makua varieties spoken along the coast.

How closely related are these varieties to central Makua, the variety considered the reference dialect? In order to answer this question, I used three classic survey methods recommended by Bergman (ed. 1990), namely lexicostatistics, Recorded Text Testing and sociolinguistic interview. As a result, Emoniga clearly emerged as the variety most distinct from central Makua, with the other southern dialect Emarevone and a central one-Enaharra-closely behind. But are they dialects or languages? In an attempt to answer this question, I developed a "continuum of relative autonomy," which shows how different the respective varieties are from central Makua. This continuum is then used as a grid in discussing the status of the varieties of Makua and their potential for language development.

Contributor (author):Kröger, Oliver
Date (W3CDTF):2005
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9108
Extent:45 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9108
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2005-020
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):MZ
Subject:Makhuwa-Meetto language
Makhuwa-Moniga language
Makhuwa-Shirima language
Makhuwa language
Makhuwa-Marrevone language
Language surveys; Sociolinguistics
Subject (ISO639):mgh
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Kröger, Oliver. 2005. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2005-020.
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Country: Mozambique
Area: Africa

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